21st Century Energy Infrastructure: Policy Recommendations for Development of American CO2 Pipeline Networks

February 22, 2017 in Carbon Management, Reports & Whitepapers

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The State CO2-EOR Deployment Work Group recommends that President Trump and Congress incorporate the development of long-distance, large-volume carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines as a priority component of a broader national infrastructure agenda. The state officials, industry leaders and other experts in the Work Group launched their work in 2015 with the development and deployment of carbon capture and CO2 pipeline infrastructure as a top priority. Thus, Work Group members and participating states support the Administration and Congress’ new focus on our nations’ infrastructure, and they would welcome the opportunity to be partners in this effort. Continue reading »

Competitive Markets and Renewables

January 21, 2017 in Electricity, Reports & Whitepapers

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This paper, “Competitive Markets and Renewables: The Effect of Wholesale Electricity Market Restructuring on Wind Generation in the Midwest,” estimates the effect of having a competitive wholesale electricity market on wind plant generation for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) electricity market. Continue reading »

e21 Phase II Report

December 7, 2016 in Electricity, Reports & Whitepapers

The e21 Initiative developed its phase I report on a consensus basis; the ideas and recommendations in in the report were intended as a cohesive package to be taken together and supported as a whole by the e21 stakeholders. Consensus did not mean that each participant is equally enthusiastic about every idea, and, importantly, consensus did not require participants to give up their right to object to future implementation details. Continue reading »

Deciding Whether to Cover New Units under the Clean Power Plan

October 26, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers

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States that decide to pursue a mass-based trading approach to meet federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) requirements have the option of covering new electric generating units in addition to existing units. States that choose to cover new units will receive what EPA calls the “new source complement,” which consists of additional allowances added to the state’s mass-based emissions goal. Continue reading »

MPSC White Paper: Key Considerations for Making Allowance Distribution Decisions

July 14, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers

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States that opt to pursue a mass-based trading approach to achieve federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) requirements will have the opportunity to decide how to distribute allowances. The total value of the allowances to be distributed is likely to be significant, making allowance distribution a key decision for states. The Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative presents this white paper to assist states in making allowance distribution decisions. Continue reading »

Multi-stakeholder Collaborative Issues Advice to States on Clean Power Plan

July 14, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers Author: Franz Litz

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The Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative has released the first of a series of white papers prepared jointly by representatives of electric utilities, cooperative and municipal power providers, merchant generators, environmental organizations, and state regulatory agencies and designed to help states make key decisions under the federal Clean Power Plan.  Continue reading »

Evaluating the Economics for Energy Storage in the Midcontinent: A Battery Benefit-Cost Analysis

July 12, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers

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The range of benefits energy storage can provide to the electricity system are widely known among those in industry and well documented in the literature. Among these are storage’s abilities to help integrate wind and solar energy, improve grid reliability, and increase the economic efficiency of the electricity system. Despite the benefits, there has not yet been widespread deployment of energy storage. This is due to two main factors. First, there currently are not markets set up to allow storage owners to earn revenue for many of the services they provide. Second, storage technologies have historically been more expensive than alternative resources that can provide comparable services. However, both of these barriers have been easing recently. Continue reading »

2015 – 2016 Collaboratory Report: Energy Certainties & Game Changers

May 12, 2016 in Reports & Whitepapers Author: Jennifer Christensen

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In September of 2015, the Great Plains Institute invited 40 energy thought leaders and innovators to participate in a novel gathering to crowdsource their collective wisdom on the arc of the energy system over the next 5 to 20 years. To describe this gathering, we borrowed the term “Collaboratory,” which means “collaborative laboratory.” Think of it as an incubator for creativity and bold ideas among smart people who don’t often get together. Continue reading »